Welcome to the Holland Marsh Growers' Association
In 2018 the Labour Market Forecast found that the shortage of labour cost Canada’s agri-food sector $2.9 billion in lost sales. The COVID-19 pandemic has amplified these existing labour challenges within the agri-food sector due to the labor-intensive nature of many farms and food processors.
There is a pressing need to make innovative changes to the way agri-food businesses operate to address the way in which COVID-19 is transmitted in the vegetable production sector, the risk factors present in agri-food operations and reduce the impact to human health and safety while also influencing labour productivity to respond to the chronic labour issues within the Sector.
This Project falls within the Technology Innovation stream of the Agri-Food Prevention and Control Innovation Initiative under the Supply Chain Assistance Program for Agri-Food and Agri-Products to support the Sector’s capacity to continue to supply safe, high-quality and nutritious food. The Project contributes to the following outcomes of the initiative:
The Project aligns with the Prevention, Control and Outbreak Support Strategy for COVID-19 in Ontario’s Farm Workers that was launched on November 16, 2020, and supports this strategy’s objectives and guiding principles:
Activity 1 – Research and Evaluate Available Innovative Technologies
Activity 2 – Review and evaluate the sector’s needs, available technology and feasibility through industry outreach.
HMGA members will be invited to participate in focus groups and an online survey
Activity 3 – Distribute and Promote Report to Sector Stakeholders
This project will be completed March 31, 2021 and findings will be shared publicly.
Please continue to check back on this project page for updates.
The Project is funded in part by the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs.